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Introducing Hands

Hands Across the Water is an Australian, New Zealand and Thai charity that gives at-risk Thai children and their communities a helping hand. Our projects are tailored to meet local communities’ needs – for the long term. As part of our fundraising we provide shared experiences for our supporters to engage in our work.

The beginning

In 2004, countless Thai children were left alone and homeless by the Boxing Day tsunami. Former police forensic specialist Peter Baines, working with the tsunami disaster victim identification team, was deeply touched by the number of children left homeless and alone by the natural disaster. He was inspired to establish an organisation that could make a real difference. In late 2005, a team of committed individuals with the desire to help others formed Hands Across The Water.

Why we’re different

  • Our care comes without conditions
  • We don’t seek to impose a religion or belief system upon those we support
  • We give children the chance to grow according to their own beliefs and traditions

We’re small, but we do amazing work. We’re a team of committed individuals who have joined forces to donate our time and skills to help Thailand’s children and their communities.

100% of donations goes to the kids and their communities. No donors’ money goes to administration in Australia. Or staff costs. Or marketing. Or fundraising.

Hands today

We support 300 children in multiple locations across Thailand.

  • Baan Tharn Namchai, Khao Lak
  • Home Hug, Yasothon
  • Home Hug, Surin
  • The New Life Project,t Kanchanaburi
  • The New Life Project, Chumphon
  • Baan Nam Khem community centre and Tsunami Refuge at Khao Lak
  • PAMA House, Chanthaburi

Click here to view an interview with Founder, Peter Baines, OAM.